5 myths about massage

5 myths about massage

Massage has been around for thousands of years.  Today, massage therapy stands as a highly respected practice across the world as a healing method to relieve pain, prevent and cure illness, reduce stress and produce relaxation.

However there are some misconceptions about this treatment!

Myth # 1: A sign of a good sports or deep tissue massage is feeling sore the next day.

It can be common for clients to feel tender the following day after a deep tissue massage, but this does not necessarily equate to how good the massage was.  Reasons for feeling sore after a massage is normally if the client has been sedentary for a while, and the therapist works into trigger points deeply to break up the lactic acid.

If you have regular massages, then chances are you are less likely to feel sore the next day.

Myth # 2:  It’s got to hurt for it to be effective

If I’m hurting a client, then I will not gain sufficient results.  Yes, you will feel some discomfort, but you should never be in pain.  If pain is felt, this causes the client to tense up and therefore have the opposite outcome to what should be achieved.

Myth # 3: If you’re pregnant you shouldn’t get massages.

Prenatal massage therapy is perfectly safe during all three trimesters of normal pregnancy and can be hugely beneficial.  Many massage therapists will refuse to massage ladies whilst in the first trimester, or even avoid going too deep, in the fear that massage can induce labour.  This is simply not the case, massage is perfectly safe, and can help to reduce stress, anxiety, aches and pains.

Myth # 4: Massage flushes toxins out of the body

This is a very common misconception.  There is no scientific evidence that having a massage will release toxins form your muscles.  However, massage does increase and improve circulation, which in turn will help to improve your body’s ability to dispose of waste.

Myth # 5: You must drink water after a massage.

Its not a must, but it is beneficial to you, to keep the muscles hydrated.  Some people can feel dehydrated or some slight dizziness after lying face down for 60mins, plus most people do not drink enough water on a day to day basis, so a small reminder every now and then to increase your water intake will do no harm.

LOUISA GROSVENOR
Sports massage therapist

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